Thornton’s Day of Service, celebrating the life of St Claudine, was a tremendous success with so much going on around the College.
Pre-prep students were busy baking jam tarts for the Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter. Girls in Year 3 and Year 4 made and decorated St Claudine hymn and prayer cards for the sisters in Felixstowe, and for the residents invited in for tea by Year 9. Impressive designs were created by Year 5 and Year 6 students in preparation for the forthcoming garden project, with their peers painting stones and plant pots, and planting bulbs in readiness for the project starting in earnest.
Local homeless will be the beneficiaries of knitted squares and scarves by Year 7. Year 8 girls provided a range of services, including putting together substantial ‘hygiene kits’ for the homeless, assisting the College’s housekeeping team to keep Thornton spick and span, and washing staff cars to a gleaming sparkle in exchange for a donation to charity.
Students in Year 9 served delicious cream teas to a group of local elderly residents, who also enjoying entertainment provided by the Year 3 and 4 choir, who were in fine song.
Year 10s held a sponsored walk to raise money for the Night Shelter, whilst others designed and made impressive wind chimes for the garden project. Year 11 girls prepared for a recycling project, interviewing catering staff about food waste and the Bursary staff about general wastage, to help formulate a plan for a future campaign. Sixth Formers assisted children with learning difficulties at Stocklake Park School in Aylesbury.
Following on from our day of wide-ranging activities, Mass was held in the Sports Hall.
Giving to others in this manner made our Day of Service truly special. Reminding us of how fortunate we are. Far more fortunate than many others.